Nellie Andreeva

After a week of behind-the-scene drama, Fox, and X Factor USA producers Simon Cowell’s Syco TV and FremantleMedia this morning issued a statement confirming the judge switch on the upcoming reality series. After she was let go 10 days ago and then declined to return to the British X Factor, Cole on Friday night was asked to return to the U.S. show. While the offer raised speculation that it may be a ploy to get the producers out of paying Cole’s $1.5 million fee, according to British papers, the offer was not tied to the singer’s fee, which she would get regardless.

FOX, FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA AND SYCO TV today confirm Nicole Scherzinger will be replacing Cheryl Cole on the judging panel of THE X FACTOR. Nicole will join Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul on their search across America to find the next global superstar or group to win the life-changing $5 million dollar recording deal. Nicole has previously joined Simon Cowell as a guest judge on The X Factor for the UK version of the show in 2010. Steve Jones will act as sole host of THE X FACTOR.

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